4 Steps to Upgrade A Builder-Grade Powder Room
Most other rooms in a home can have pretty elements added, like furniture for decoration placement. Powder rooms = not so much. This was the most boring room in our home. 12 months after moving in and I knew this room needed some customization. This was the first big project I tackled in our house, and I was super nervous. When we lived in our old townhouse, it was easy to paint and touch up and create holes in walls that were 20 years old. It’s hard to put holes in perfectly new walls. So, I was hesitant to even start this project, but something had to be done! My powder room sits directly off the front door of my home. You cannot visit my home without getting a glimpse of this hideous room:
During the planning phases, I took to Pinterest and saw so many beautiful bathrooms that I would have loved to create. Beautiful dark wallpaper, grand mirrors, amazing sinks with great storage cabinets. But, my budget-friendly conscience couldn’t possibly change everything in the room with a baby on the way. So, I added what I could and I think it has made a HUGE difference. This powder room is now my favorite room in the house! (Who says that, right!?!)
Here’s how I created this beauty:
Step 1: Trim and Tile
The first thing I needed to do was add a bit of style to the room. I have loved all the tutorials on Pinterest for DIY board and batten, so I strategized on how I could add it to my powder room. In my opinion, the result is amazing. (Check out my DIY Board and Batten tutorial here!) This project added a bit of customization to a once boring room. Along with the new trim work, I added some tile. I consider myself an experienced DIY-er, but I had never worked with tile before. So, I tried peel and stick tile. I loved the color of this one! I have received so many compliments! Guests are shocked when I tell them its peel and stick. NO one can tell.
Step 2: Add Color
After adding the trim work, I needed some color. The room is way to small to accommodate a dark paint, and I really wanted to keep this room bright. So, I picked out a color that was lighter and matches my tile perfectly. It’s “French Silver” by Behr.
Step 3: Add Storage
I desperately needed storage in this room. There was always a bag of toilet paper and cleaning products strewn throughout the room. On the floor, on the sink, on the back of the toilet.. you get the idea. This room was not functional. So, I got to looking online and I found this beautiful cabinet for a great price! It’s absolutely fabulous to hide toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Plus, it matches so well!
Step 4: Decorative Touches
I loved the idea of bringing a little color into the room with some decor. This spring, I fell in love with light blue accessories. The color of the vase and candle compliments the gray walls so perfectly! I found those beauties at Home Goods along with the hand towel, soap dispenser and toothbrush holder (you can find similar items in the “Shop My Design” section below). Since I have no need for a tumbler in a powder room, I turned it into a small vase by adding some lovely purple flowers. I’m totally in love with the whole new look. Some time in the future, I will plan new lighting and a new mirror. But for now, I couldn’t be happier with my first project! Hope you enjoyed it as well! See you again soon! -Dee
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